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Tips for Being a Health Advocate

Information for Family Caregivers

An estimated 53 million people provide care for an aging loved one or friend. As a family caregiver, you are your loved one’s healthcare advocate and a key player on the healthcare team.

On average, older adults spend about 17 days a year in a healthcare setting, and chances are you’re there with them. For those with multiple conditions or dementia, the days increase. You balance appointments with various doctors and help your loved one follow their care plans. You also likely help your loved one manage several medications.

As rewarding as caregiving can be, we know it can be a daunting task. We have some tips that can help you be a health advocate.

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Attend doctor and other health-related appointments

Whether the appointment is in person or virtual, having someone there as a healthcare advocate to ask questions and understand the care management plan is extremely helpful to your loved one.

Keep a personal healthcare journal

Taking notes during each appointment and keeping a written record of the care journey helps ensure you have a clear understanding of what was prescribed and that nothing is forgotten.

Make sure home is as safe as can be

An essential part of being a health advocate is making sure the home is a safe environment. After understanding what the care plan is, the key to success is ensuring the environment is conducive to aging in place safely, including making sure the medications are clearly labeled and easily accessible. Request the Fall Prevention Guide to get important safety tips for each room of the house.
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With locations across the U.S.,
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Services vary by location. Find care in your area.